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Taxpayers for Common Sense

Making government work

four stars

91.80

651 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20003
tel: (202) 546-8500   Web Site
EIN: 52-1941122

Board Leadership
Mark Smith
Chair

CEO
Steve Ellis
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.80 four stars
  Financial 96.36 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1995, Taxpayers for Common Sense is a 501(c)3 nonpartisan budget watchdog that serves as an independent voice for American taxpayers. Our mission is to ensure that the federal government spends taxpayer dollars responsibly and operates within its means. Through our investigations, public data sets, and online outreach, we highlight government waste, propose solutions, and provide opportunities for people to make their voices heard in Washington. We work with elected officials from across the spectrum, sound alarm in the media, and assist grassroots partners to propose common sense solutions to wasteful spending.

Founded in 1995, Taxpayers for Common Sense is a 501(c)3 nonpartisan budget watchdog that serves as an independent voice for American taxpayers. Our mission is to ensure that the federal government spends taxpayer dollars responsibly and operates within its means. Through our investigations, public data sets, and online outreach, we highlight government waste, propose solutions, and provide opportunities for people to make their voices heard in Washington. We work with elected officials from across the spectrum, sound alarm in the media, and assist grassroots partners to propose common sense solutions to wasteful spending.

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Financial

four stars

96.36

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
90.0%
  Administrative Expenses 6.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.77
  Program Expenses Growth 8.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Taxpayers for Common Sense on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Taxpayers for Common Sense on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Taxpayers for Common Sense (DC) 91.80 four stars
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation (DC) 92.15 four stars
Public Citizen Foundation (DC) 89.76 three stars
The Campaign Legal Center (DC) 91.09 four stars
National Taxpayers Union Foundation (DC) 91.89 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,598,843
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,598,843
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,598,843
   Other Revenue $5,889
TOTAL REVENUE $1,604,732
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,531,803
   Administrative Expenses $111,375
   Fundraising Expenses $59,126
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,702,304
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-97,572
   
Net Assets $1,289,945

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Energy & Natural Resources $675,953 44.1%
Budget Oversights and Investigations $278,672 18.2%
Agriculture Program $256,203 16.7%

Ratings History
Taxpayers for Common Sense has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 91.80 four stars
2017-12 09/01/2018 92.02 four stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 85.76 three stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 89.60 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.69 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 87.98 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 87.07 three stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 88.69 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 94.38 four stars
2009-12 06/01/2012 78.59 two stars
2009-12 06/01/2012 78.59 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2007-12 12/17/2008 87.02 three stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 90.76 four stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 86.45 three stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 76.87 two stars
2003-12 06/01/2005 74.98 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 52-1941122
Name in IRS Master File TAXPAYERS FOR COMMON SENSE
NTEE Code W22
NTEE Classification Public Finance, Taxation, Monetary Policy
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(480) Propose, support, or oppose legislation
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date July, 1996
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$155,891 9.15% Ryan Alexander President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Taxpayers for Common Sense (DC) 91.80 four stars
Government Accountability Project (DC) 89.71 three stars
Center for Responsive Politics (DC) 91.83 four stars
National Taxpayers Union Foundation (DC) 91.89 four stars
Project On Government Oversight (DC) 96.14 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Taxpayers for Common Sense
651 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
tel: (202) 546-8500
fax: (202) 546-8511
EIN: 52-1941122

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Board Leadership

Mark Smith
Chair

CEO

Steve Ellis
President

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